Duke rolls, eyes No. 1 spot today

Published: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 1:32 a.m.

CLEMSON, S.C. - J.J. Redick scored 22 points and third-ranked Duke took a likely step to No. 1 with an 89-71 victory over Clemson on Sunday night in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

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Duke's J.J. Redick(4) celebrates with teammate Dontay Jones(30) as they defeat Clemson 89-71 Sunday, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. Redick was the top scorer with 22 points.

(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

The Blue Devils moved to 9-0 for the third straight season and won their 14th straight over the Tigers (9-1) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both.

Duke, Connecticut and Wake Forest are the only undefeated teams remaining in Division I.

With No. 1 Alabama losing at Utah last Monday night and second-ranked Pittsburgh losing at Georgia the next day, the door was open for undefeated Duke to reach No. 1 in the AP poll for the sixth consecutive season.

And with timely shooting - the Blue Devils finished with a season-high 11 3-pointers - they took advantage.

They hit seven of their first 10 shots, then made three 3-pointers during a 15-4 run that straddled both halves.

  • NO. 7 TEXAS 80, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 64: Sydmill Harris and Brian Boddicker each scored 14 points and No. 7 Texas got another strong defensive effort in a victory over visiting Mount St. Mary's.

    James Thomas grabbed 16 rebounds for Texas (9-2), which forced Mount St. Mary's into 24 turnovers and turned them into 22 points.

    Jamion Christian led Mount St. Mary's (5-4) with 12 points and Kiel Butler scored 10.

    Freshman Brad Buckman had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Texas, his first career double-double. Outrebounded in a win over Louisiana Tech a week earlier, Texas responded by dominating the boards Sunday 52-35.

  • NO. 15 CREIGHTON 84, DRAKE 63: Kyle Korver scored 23 points and No. 15 Creighton pulled away to a victory over visiting Drake.

    Korver, coming off a career-high 32 points in a loss to No. 19 Xavier, made his first five shots from the field and finished 7-for-9.

    DeAnthony Bowden and Mike Grimes each added 11 points for the Bluejays (11-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference).

    Greg Danielson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Drake (5-8, 0-2), while Luke McDonald and J.J. Sola each added 13 points.

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